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Looking for Guest Bloggers and Articles...

For those of you who haven't heard yet, my father-in-law has been fighting cancer for the last year.  Unfortunately, he's fought the good fight but due to masses of blood clots in his head, they cannot finish the job.  So he is now in hospice care at home.  As you can imagine my wife, myself, and our family are devastated and are trying to spend as much time with him as we can.    So I won't be posting as much, but I don't want my readers to be left without much new here.
So I'm offering you all the chance to post articles about writing here on my blog.  Feel free to push a book or books of yours, but please offer some tidbits or story about an aspect of writing and how it affected that particular book(s).   I'm looking for insights into plot, editing, characters, development, rewrites, cover art, publishing, agents, self-publishing, etc.  Again, all I ask is that if your pushing  book, make sure the article connects to it.  
I look forward to hearing back fro…

Guest Author Cherley Grogg and "The Secret In Grandma's Trunk"...

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On this week's blog I'm proud to introduce author Cherley Grogg, who is about to release her latest children's novel "THE SECRET IN GRANDMA'S TRUNK".  This book will be on Amazon starting July 29th and will be available on Kindle for FREE the 29th-31st.  So please welcome my guest, Cherley.


I’m so glad to have this opportunity to share a little about myself and my children’s novel “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk”, which is free to download from Amazon for a limited time.   The inspiration for the book came from my grandsons. I have three grandsons and a granddaughter. My granddaughter loves to read, but the boys do not, so I decided to write a book they would love to read. I knew it’d have to have strong kids in it, strong physically and head strong too.  The characters would all have to be realistic with problems and scuffles among themselves, it would have to be fast paced and full of adventure.  Plus my grandsons like sports and girls so I needed to put tha…

Sometimes You Got To Keep It Simple...

I've been on a writing roll recently with novel #2 "THE SHIP".  I mean I got some serious wordage down, like over 10,000 words in a couple of days, which I thought was impressive.  But then it happened...  I hit a wall.  Not literally of course, just figuratively.  My story suddenly ground to a halt and I had no idea how to get out of the corner I'd put myself in.

Sometimes, writing can be like going through a maze.  You go straight, come to a junction turn right, go a ways, make a left, straight, another left, etc. and you really feel like you're making progress.  In fact, you'll be out of this thing in no time... then you come to a dead end and you have no idea what went wrong.  Sometimes, you can pull out a hammer and chisel, or a huge drill like Wile E Coyote in the old Roadrunner cartoons and make your own way out.

At first I pulled out the ACME Super-Atomic Laser Drill to get out of my current dilemma and get the story moving again.  Unfortunately this…

Short Story Exercise "Keep The Engine Running"...

Okay gang, I've got something different for you all today.  A writing exercise.  I did one of these a while back and it was well received.  I hope this one will also be as popular.  Sometimes when we're writing, pacing can be an issue.  We have characters who can't (or won't in some stubborn cases) leave a room or a scene which winds up becoming stagnant and boring for the reader.  As writers, it's up to us to keep things interesting with every scene.  Other times we rush through a whole bunch of events within a few pages so things become a mish-mash of actions that might have been better off being spaced out across the entire story instead of clumped together.

So pacing your story becomes very important.  And I found this little exercise to be both a challenge and a lot of fun.  It's called "Keep The Engine Running".  The rules are as follows:

1 - Have two characters in a vehicle, with a destination in mind.  The driver of the vehicle will never get …

Thoughts On Free Giveaways and 99 Cent Specials...

Well, as you all know last month I did my first free promo on Amazon, where 400 people snatched up their own Kindle copy of my paranormal/mystery "THE BRIDGE".    Now, one of the things that inspired me to take that risk was the fact that I'd read in many different articles and blogs, that such a promo could help actual paying sales.  Those who grabbed a copy start spreading the word about how much they liked the book and tell others to get their own copy.  I can safely say, I've seen a slight increase in the number of actual purchased copies of the book, but nothing astronomical. 
So this last weekend I did a special .99 cent promotion which netted about 5 or 6 sales total and that's all.  Now a number of you may be thinking, "Wow, that wasn't very impressive."  And you'd be right.  But, it's about what I expected because, "THE BRIDGE" is my first book.  I'm still an unknown author.  I did try and foster a following in advanc…

The .99 Cent Special Ends At Midnight Tonight...

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PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD... There is only until midnight tonight (July 7th, Pacific Standard Time) to get my debut paranormal/mystery "THE BRIDGE" on Kindle at the special price of only .99 cents.

If you or someone you know likes ghosts, horror, psychics and the feel of the Twilight Zone, this is the one you want to have and read in your Kindle. The sequel to this breakout series will be coming in October. So don't miss out.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9G


****THE 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION HAS STARTED EARLY****

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Starting today, I'm running a 4th of July special. From now until midnight Sunday July 7th, you can get the Kindle version of my paranormal/mystery "THE BRIDGE" for just $0.99 cents.
Ghosts, psychics, police, and a centuries old mystery await you within the pages of book one in the Para-Earth Series which has garnered 4 and 5 star reviews. Get your Kindle copy at Amazon by clicking the link below.
And if you've already gotten a copy, share the link and the special with others so they can take advantage of this limited time offer. Happy 4th of July all everyone, and stay safe!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9G